A friend of mine’s son, Joe is a very bright 13 year old who is bullied in school. I think he found a way to fight back intelligently:
A bully approached him and said in front of a group of kids: ‘Hey Joe. You are gay and stupid’
Joe paused as if to take the information he had been given seriously. ‘Wait a minute, I like girls and hang out with them, so I am not gay. And in class tests, I get much better scores than you, so I can’t be stupid. So what are you saying?’
Exit perplexed bully stage left.
And another friend of mine’s daughter reported an excellent school anti-bullying session on Saturday. Only downside: the school’s leading bully was prevented from attending by his parents. Hmm.. interesting. Maybe the kid’s parents sent him to school, saying: make sure you bully some kids today, like we bully you?
(Personal Footnote: Now to be honest as a teenage boy, I got in a lot of fights, and so I would probably have punched a bully before engaging in any rhetoric, but Joe is wiser than I was.)